The Economics, Technology and Neuroscience of Human Capability Formation

28 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2010

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James J. Heckman

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

This paper begins the synthesis of two currently unrelated literatures: the human capital approach to health economics and the economics of cognitive and noncognitive skill formation. A lifecycle investment framework is the foundation for understanding the origins of human inequality and for devising policies to reduce it.

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Heckman, James J., The Economics, Technology and Neuroscience of Human Capability Formation (June 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13195. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=997551

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